Friday, June 18, 2021

MIA Reports

In-depth reporting on psychiatry and its impact on society.

WHO and the Sea Change in Mental Health: Interview with Michelle Funk

MIA's Ana Florence interviews Michelle Funk about her leadership of the new WHO guidelines on rights-based mental health.

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

The World Health Organization newly published guidance for community mental health urges an end to forced treatment and the adoption of person-centered and rights-based services.

Discourse, Drug Use, and Psychiatry: An Interview with Critical Psychologist Ilana Mountian

Richard Sears interviews Ilana Mountian on drug use, marginalization, the disease model of addiction, and problems with prohibition.

Responsibility Without Blame in Therapeutic Communities: Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

Hanna Pickard on the elusive middle ground between personal responsibility and systemic factors in our understandings of addiction.
Members of Rethinking Psychiatry at the 2014 symposium with James Gordon, M.D., who delivered a keynote talk on journeying out of depression.

Grassroots Activism: Rethinking Psychiatry Builds A Community

In the United States and abroad, a growing number of groups have devoted their mission and mindset to rethinking psychiatry, doing their best to...

Psychedelics, Transformative Experiences and Healing: An Interview with Katrina Michelle

Richard Sears interviews transpersonal psychologist Katrina Michelle about harm reduction practices with psychedelics in therapy.

Reframing Britney: Press and Public Waking Up to Guardianship Harms

The documentary "Framing Britney Spears" has led to a change in the public’s view of Spears and even prompted political action on guardianship laws.

Questioning the Moral Panic Around Teletherapy: An Interview with Hannah Zeavin

MIA's Emaline Friedman interviews Hannah Zeavin about what the history of teletherapy reveals about its limitations and radical potential.

The Surprising Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering

A program offers psychotherapy in exchange for voluntary service in the community. But the act of volunteering itself can have mental health benefits of its own.

How Therapists Can Help With Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: An Interview With Anne Guy

MIA's Richard Sears interviews psychotherapist Anne Guy about working with clients withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

What Does Our Species Require for a Healthy Life? An Interview with Peter Sterling

In his book "What is Health," Peter Sterling asks this provocative question: What does our species require for a healthy life? And can we achieve this with drugs?

Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Critical Psychology: An Interview with Bethany Morris

MIA's Micah Ingle interviews Bethany Morris about the psychoanalytic study of film and the history of the "monstrous feminine" in psychiatry.

Creative Maladjustment: An Interview with Donzaleigh Abernathy

Donzaleigh Abernathy—goddaughter of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—shares her thoughts on the civil rights movement and the legacy of racism in the United States.

Uncomfortable Truths in Survivor Narratives: An Interview with Helen Spandler

MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Helen Spandler about how psychiatric survivors challenge and change our thinking about mental health.

The Lessons of Music: Nurturing Mental Health in Cultures Around the Globe

Music is an ancient and omnipresent tool for wellness, a carrier of peace for individuals, and a bonding agent for communities throughout history and the world.

Jill Nickens – The Akathisia Alliance for Education and Research

This week on the Mad in America podcast we turn our attention to prescription-drug-induced akathisia and joining me to discuss this is Jill Nickens. Jill is the president and founder of the Akathisia Alliance for Education and Research, a nonprofit organization formed by people who have personal experience of akathisia.

Trauma and Mental Health in Social Movements: An Interview with Janice Haaken

MIA's Emaline Friedman interviews psychologist and filmmaker Janice Haaken about how mental health discourse impacts social movements.

The False Memory Syndrome at 30: How Flawed Science Turned into Conventional Wisdom ...

Soon after states finally began providing adults who remembered childhood abuse with the legal standing to sue, the FMSF began waging a PR campaign to discredit their memories—in both courtrooms and in the public mind.

Psychiatry and the Counterculture: An Interview with Health Historian Lucas Richert

Richard Sears interviews pharmaceutical industry scholar Lucas Richert about American counterculture and psychiatry in the 1970s.

Music Aids Mental Health: Science Shows Why

What can science tell us about music’s impact on our cognition and on our mood, on our capacity for empathy, and our sense of connection with others? How does it change the brain? How does it change us?

Fascist Subjectivity and the Subhuman: An Interview with Critical Psychologist Thomas Teo

MIA's Tim Beck interviews critical psychologist Thomas Teo on how theory and research can do justice to the people it means to describe and explain.

Making Music, Healing Souls

The healing power of communal singing is at the heart of two organizations in England and Ireland: Sing Your Heart Out and 49 North Street.

Psychosocial Disability Rights and Digital Mental Health: An Interview with Piers Gooding

MIA's Emaline Friedman interviews legal scholar Piers Gooding on his work on disability rights and digital mental health technologies.

Suicide Hotlines Bill Themselves as Confidential—Even as Some Trace Your Call

Every year suicide hotline centers covertly trace tens of thousands of confidential calls, and police come to homes, schools, and workplaces to forcibly take callers to psychiatric hospitals.

Rethinking Suicide Prevention: An Interview on Critical Suicide Studies with Jennifer White

MIA’s Samantha Lilly interviews critical youth suicidologist Jennifer White about what suicide prevention could look like outside of the medical model.

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